DERC likely to bring back 201-400 units slab this week
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The city's power regulator is expected to announce adjustments in the power tariff structure this week that would reduce monthly bills of a section of consumers by up to 18 per cent.
The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) last month proposed to revert to earlier slabs for calculating power tariffs that were abolished in June.
"We want to complete the process to make the adjustments as soon as possible," a DERC official said. Sources said the regulator could make the adjustments this week.
The abolition of the 201-400 units slab and introduction of 0-400 units slab had resulted in a significant increase in electricity bills of majority of consumers whose consumption was below 400 units.
Domestic consumers are charged Rs 3.70 per unit if their consumption does not exceed 200 units, but if it goes above 200 units and not beyond 400 units then Rs 4.80 per unit is charged as per the new slab of 0-400 units.
As per earlier slabs, consumers were charged Rs 3 for first 200 units and then Rs 4.80 for consumption between 201 units and 400 units.
"The power bills of consumers whose monthly consumption does not exceed 250 units will come down by 15 to 18 per cent if we scrap the 0-400 units slab and restore the original slabs of 0-200 units and 201-400 units," the official said.
The DERC held public hearings last week on the proposal in which a number of RWAs (resident welfare associations) demanded restoration of the original slabs.
"Consumption of majority of consumers in the city does not go beyond 400 units per month. So the adjustment will benefit most of the low-end consumers," an official said.
The regulator had proposed to make the change in slabs with retrospective effect from July 1 when the hiked tariff came into effect.
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